Franz Schubert: Guitar Quartet in G
As a teenager, Franz Schubert began to play guitar, and he later spent time playing guitar with Italian guitarist and composer Mauro Giuliani. So, in the early part of the 19th century when there was a sudden increase in popularity of the guitar, it's no surprise that Schubert created a wonderful piece for the instrument: his Guitar Quartet in G. The work is based on a trio by Austrian guitarist Wenzel Matiegka, called "Notturno." In Schubert's version of the work, he intended to create a piece that could be played in his family's household. The cello part was written for his father, Schubert himself would play guitar, and he reworked the original viola part. There's also some original music sprinkled throughout, like a new variation of the final movement, and a second Trio in the minuet movement. You can hear Schubert's Guitar Quartet tonight at 7: our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR.